Union Bargains Improvements in Flint

Five years after accepting dramatic concessions to help pull Flint Community Schools out of deficit spending, the district’s teachers have overwhelmingly approved a contract that raises pay, lowers class sizes, and restores MESSA health care benefits, among other improvements. In addition, new provisions aim to create a new educator pipeline through a tuition reimbursement plan…

MEA President Paula J. Herbart

Opinion: Reevaluate teacher evaluations

November 20, 2019 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association How would you like your child’s teacher to be evaluated? By the number of correct “bubbles” filled in on a standardized test? Or by creative lesson plans that develop critical thinking skills under that teacher’s tutelage? If you chose the latter, you are in good company.…

MEA testimony urges flexibility in high school Merit Curriculum

Testimony continued Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee on legislation meant to provide local flexibility to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. MEA submitted written testimony about SB 600-601, supporting the direction of the bills to provide greater flexibility for districts to design high school requirements that meet the needs of their communities and their students at the…

MEA member turned State Senator introduces repeal of reading retention

Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), who just a year ago was transitioning from a high school English teacher to a state legislator, has introduced SB 633, which would strike the retention requirement in the 3rd grade reading law. In a recent Detroit News column, Polehanki shared her reasoning behind introducing the legislation.  “Let’s trust our teachers…

Budget stalemate to continue into December after deal scuttled last week

Last week, a potential deal fell apart to end the standoff over supplemental appropriations to fill gaps in the state budget.  Now, with the Legislature’s fall hunting and Thanksgiving break upon us, a solution will likely wait until lawmakers return to Lansing in December. MEA members need to contact all our lawmakers and urge them…